"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Callahan, Matthew J. an active and progressive farmer of the town of Harrison, was born in the village of Wautoma, Waushara County, Wis., June 13, 1884, son of David and Mary (PARKER) CALLAHAN. The father a native of Ireland, came with his parents to Wautoma, Wis., before the Civil War, and it was there that in early manhood he married Mary PARKER, who was born in Waushara County, Wis., her parents having come west in the sixties. They had eight children, of whom Matthew J. was the first born. The others were: Loren, of Nekoosa, Wis.; Clarence, of Wautoma; Maud, now Mrs. John WAGNER of Wautoma; Walter of Milwaukee; Melvin, of Racine, Wis.; Mabel, now Mrs. Arlon SELSING of Wautoma, and Allen, also of that place. Matthew J. CALLAHAN acquired his education in the common school at Wautoma and about 1901 began to be actively engaged in farming. For nine years he operated the home farm, and the, leaving it, worked one year at the plumber's trade in Wautoma. On Seot. 16, 1912, he was married to Erna BUSCHKE, who was born in Waushara County, Wis. May 11, 1890, daughter of Julius and Augusta (SCHMUDLACH) BUSCHKE. Her parents were of German desdent, and the mother is now living at Coloma, Wausahara County, the father having died in that county about 1890. They had ten children, eight of whom are still living. In 1913, the year after his marriage, Mr. CALLAHAN came with his wife to Lincoln County and they resided for a year in Tomahawk, where he worked in a mill. In 1914 he rented a farm (now the Archieward farm) on State Highway No. 63, 15 miles northeast of Tomahawk, and operated it until 1915. He then bought 62 acres of wild land in Section 18, town of Harrison, Lincoln County, 11 1/2 miles northeast of Tomahawk on Highland Flats. Here he erected a house and other necessary buildings, intended to be temporary, and moving on to it, began operations. He has 35 acres cleared, has a fair operating equipment, and is doing general farming and dairying. He is a hard worker and is getting results, his wife also doing her part in the management of the household. They have six children: Doris, born Dec. 29, 1913; Duard, Dec. 25, 1914; Opal, Oct. 16, 1916; Walter and Wallace (twins), July 19, 1918, and James, Aug. 6, 1922. The family affiliate religiously with the Lutheran Church and in politics Mr. CALLAHAN is Republican.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 582; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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